Key West Fishing Tournament’s Kickoff 2010

Fifteen target species and $5,000 in cash prizes are to be key figures in the Key West Fishing Tournament’s Kickoff 2010 with Conchy Joe’s Marine & Tackle.

The angling action is scheduled for March 13 and 14.

Participants are to vie for cash awards for catching the heaviest dolphin, kingfish, cobia, blackfin tuna, mackerel, mutton snapper, wahoo, mangrove snapper and grunt. In addition, cash awaits the boat teams that score the most releases of tarpon, permit, bonefish, barracuda, marlin and sailfish.

Awards also are to be presented in the tournament’s junior division for anglers under age 15.

The final registration for the tournament is scheduled for 6 p.m. March 12 at the DoubleTree Grand Key Resort, 3990 S. Roosevelt Blvd.

On the following two days, anglers can fish from lines-in at 8:30 a.m. to lines-out at 3 p.m. An awards dinner is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday at the DoubleTree Grand Key.

The entry fee for the kick-off tournament is $200 per boat, with a maximum of six anglers allowed to fish per boat. Cost for the awards dinner is $25 per person.

Entries in the kickoff also are eligible for the Key West Fishing Tournament, which runs through Nov. 30 and is open to the general public. More than 40 species of fish are targeted during the Key West Fishing Tournament, with divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 14) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old). Visiting and resident anglers can enter their catches at no charge at tournament weigh stations during the angling challenge.

The Key West Fishing Tournament strongly encourages the release of all game fish and will not recognize any killed sailfish, marlin, spearfish or tarpon for award purposes. All participating anglers receive certificates noting their catches and qualify for a variety of prizes.

For more information about the Key West Fishing Tournament and its kickoff contest, click here, send an e-mail to director@keywestfishingtournament.com or call (800) 970-9056.

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